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The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley - 2016

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College Description

Engineering College Description and Special Characteristics

For over 20 years, Engineering and Computer Science programs have been offered in the Rio Grande Valley. These programs which now comprise the UTRGV College of Engineering and Computer Science offer coursework at both the Brownsville and Edinburg campuses.

The College provides extensive teaching and research facilities available to both undergraduate and graduate students alike. Its industrial grade facilities include
•A machine shop with end mills, lathes, CNC machines, and 300-ton press;
•Laboratories for testing and characterization of materials at the macro, micro, and nano scales;
•Materials processing and manufacturing facilities that include polymer and metal 3D printing capabilities;
•A controls and robotics laboratory;
•A Fluid mechanics lab with wind tunnel and water channel;
•A networking, switching/routing, and computer security laboratory;
•A power generation and electromechanics laboratory;
•Radar, antenna, and ultra-wide-band electromagnetics research facilities including an anechoic chamber; and
•Computer labs with software for computer aided design/manufacturing, programming, simulation, data acquisition/analysis, etc.

In addition, the College also houses several research centers including the Rapid Response Manufacturing Center (RRMC) and the University Transportation Center for Railway Safety (UTCRS). The College is a major partner in the Center for STEM Excellence (C-STEM).

Students and faculty conduct research in a variety of high impact areas including Rapid Response Manufacturing, Nanocomposites, Robotics, Aerospace, Information Security, Artificial Intelligence, and Structural Health Monitoring. Students can participate in professional organizations such as the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Latinos in Science and Engineering (MAES), the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and Tau Beta Pi (the Engineering Honor Society) each of which has a local student chapter.